A story appeared in the Chicago Tribune May 15, 2013, entitled “River Street planters disappoint Batavia officials“. It talks about how the slope of the street was not factored in correctly by planners, resulting in 4 granite planters not sticking up from the ground as high as the City Council had desired. Fixing them would cost $77,000 (fortunately, they decided it was not worth it). Buried in the article was the initial cost–a whopping $185,000. For planters??? To fill with dirt???
Oh, and the article ends with this confidence-building gem:
Project manager Basquin said pursuing recourse with the contractors may be difficult considering that the city has had trouble getting the company to come back and finish work. There is still $700,000 worth of work to do on the city’s $3 million contract with Leopardo Construction, but the company is not returning to finish the job, Basquin said.